St. Petersburg, Florida – Texas Rangers rookie Kohei Arihara pitched 5⅔ scoreless innings to record his first major league win in the visitors’ 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.
At Tropicana Field, Arihara (1-1), who was 0-1 after two starts this season and pitching on four days’ rest, allowed two singles and a double in the longest outing of his short major league career. He also struck out five and walked none.
“I’m glad I contributed to the team’s victory,” said Arihara, the recipient of the Rangers’ postgame cowboy hat, which is given to the team’s player of the game.
Arihara escaped a two-on, no-out situation in the second inning with a flyout and two strikeouts, including one against Japanese Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, who finished 1-for-4 as the Rays’ designated hitter.
Arihara got offensive support from Nate Lowe, who hit a solo homer off Josh Fleming (0-1) in the second, and from David Dahl and Adolis Garcia who each drove in two runs in the seventh to put the game away.
“I want to continue this kind of pitching,” Arihara said.
The 28-year-old right-hander signed with the Rangers in December via the posting system after six seasons with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.
At Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kenta Maeda made a costly error and took the loss in the Minnesota Twins’ 3-2 defeat to the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The Twins later dropped the second seven-inning game 7-1.
Maeda (1-1) pitched 4⅓ innings, allowing three runs — two earned — on seven hits with five strikeouts and a pair of walks.
The Twins’ Opening Day starter struggled to keep the bases clear in the first two frames as he surrendered five hits and a walk, escaping the first inning without a blemish before yielding three runs in the second, partly due to his own throwing error.
At Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts after hitting safely in the last nine games he started .
The Angels lost 6-1 to the Kansas City Royals.
In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.